After 3 days of juicing greens and a long week working on projects, I’m ready to treat myself to a massage, some relaxation and incredible food. We are planning some mysterious mexican dishes for our Sunday meal and I just can’t think of a better dessert than good old fashioned Apple Pie!

But .. why do our stomachs turn, our fear levels rise and our hearts sink when we hear these two words. Is it because we are desperately desiring just a tiny taste of the sweet combination of fruit drizzled with spice and flavour and we just know it will set us back in our training, nutrition and halt our motion on the road to health success?

The last thing you want is to douse your body in refined sugars, table salt and fatty pastry casings. Right? Oh but just for a slice 😉

What if we could just simply take away those worries and create an Apple Pie that will help, not hinder your goals!

Apples are a clean source of high energy and are a high fibre fuel which means they are a great cleansing tool! This particular Apple Pie recipe contains essential amino acids which help to repair and build lean muscle, omega 3 fatty acids which increase insulin sensitivity, cellular metabolic processes and the body’s fat burning potential, sea salt which is a wonderful natural cleanser and helps to maintain the balance of water in the body’s cells (heard of electrolytes? That stuff!) and if you haven’t yet hit your energy requirements for the day, the sauce and filling will give your body a quick burst of natural energy. Clean, insulin friendly carbohydrates are the body’s primary source for calories. They are quick to burn and great on the taste buds.

To be honest, I’m really not into sticky, sugar coated, rich desserts but if I was.. this one would be a great alternative and would really take the cake !! Pardon the pun

For me it’s that tasty treat I just love to get my teeth into once a fortnight, happily knowing it is not going to set me back from my goals.

I have tried this recipe on a lazy Sunday afternoon dehydrated/raw and I have also baked it during the week while making dinner. It’s all about the delicious crunchy texture, fresh apples with a dab of sensational sweet. It’s lovely in winter either way as the inside is slightly warm. If you prefer a crunchy topping, you may like bake it but you are going to love it all just the same if it is dehydrated.

Absolicious Apple Pie!

DID YOU KNOW? The very 1st documented Apple Pie was found in a cookbook by the master of cooks of King Richard II in 1390 A.D It was presented afterwards to Queen Elizabeth! The original Apple Pie never contained refined sugar as it was at that time scarce, extremely expensive and only available to the very wealthy. The pastry parcels (coffins) they came in were only decorative and weren’t meant to be eaten. They served as bowls or dishes in which to serve the pie.

Ingredients

3 organic medium Granny Smith apples

Lemon juice from 1/2 fresh lemon

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 cup walnuts

1/4 cup boiled hot water

1/4 cup raw maple syrup, bush honey, liquid stevia or xylitol

4 dates (softened in hot water for 30 seconds)

1 vanilla bean (softened) or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1.5 tsp celtic sea salt

Directions

If necessary, place dates and vanilla bean into a small dish with 1/4 cup of boiling water to soak. This will soften them for easy processing.

Meanwhile, remove 3 apple cores and slice quarters into thin pieces. Place slices into a large mixing bowl. Add lemon juice, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp sea salt and oat flour. Mix in with your hands (the fun part!).

Next, process nuts, dates, vanilla bean, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp sea salt in a food processor using the pulse option.

Press your nutty mixture into the bottom of a 9″ round glass dish or oven tray. You can place it in the oven for 10 minutes on high heat to crisp if desired.

For the sauce, simply mix 1/4 cup maple, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, the last 1/4 cup of hot water and your last apple (cored and chopped roughly) in the food processor.

Pour 3/4 of your sauce over your apple pie crust and begin to place your marinated apple slices on top in a circular pattern.

For a decorative pie, place apple pieces in a circular pattern from the outside in and form a peak in the middle.

Drizzle remaining sauce, sprinkle with last 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and bake for 25 minutes at 210 degrees Celsius.

Alternatively, dehydrate your pie in a rectangular dehydrator in the dish for approximately 8-10 hours.

Enjoy with your favourite raw chilled fruit sorbet or ice-cream.

An absolutely delicious way to reach your goals !

Always committed to your success,

Marissa

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